30 New And Intriguing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Details Revealed From Set Visits

Minor spoiler warning! From something in The Collector's collection appearing in future Marvel movie(s), to Nebula's "holy" mission, hit the jump and check out new Guardians of the Galaxy info

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 7/8/2014
Just a couple hours ago, the embargo lifted for many journalists to report what they saw and learned when they visited the Guardians of the Galaxy set back in September. While there are several interviews with the cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Lee Pace, Collider and HitFix have compiled over 80 key details about the Marvel production. However, you can find the most interesting things below, and some of them enter spoiler territory. 
 
  1. We learned that certain scenes will feature selected characters from the Marvel cosmic universe.  They said on set that Guardians will have the most live-action Marvel characters in a movie by a factor of four.  Some will be mentioned by name and some in the background.  They said fans will have a field day.  Every character had to be cleared with Marvel legal.
  2. There is a fight sequence in the movie involving two characters that they’d practiced for over two months and days before they were set to shoot, James Gunn informed them it wasn’t working and they had to redesign it.  When they finally shot it they did it 22 times and it was the last take they got it right.  The entire fight was done in one take.
  3. We will get a bit on Rocket’s backstory, but we don’t get into the Kree backstory in the film.
  4. James Gunn calls the Collector the most unique character in the film.  Plays a very important supporting character.
  5. Xander is a big and bright world where we meet Groot and Rocket for the first time.  It’s also the world where some of the team gets arrested.
  6. Xander is an almost futuristic Earth located on the other side of the galaxy.  It’s where people travel to for safety and it’s the center of the universe on that side of the galaxy.
  7. Some of the things the Collector has in his collection will “definitely” be involved in future Marvel movies.  His collection looks like the cubes filled with monsters and creatures in Cabin in the Woods.
  8. Gunn's packed in more insane Easter eggs during this one sequence with the Collector than I think anyone will recognize the first time through, and there are some great characters who haven't even been teased yet in public.
  9. The ending battle scene is the biggest in scope of any Marvel movie.
  10. The MacGuffin of the movie is the orb from the beginning of the film.  There is more to this orb than meets the eye.
  11. The Dark Aster is Ronan the Accuser’s ship.  It’s 3 miles long.  The ship is involved in huge action scenes.
  12. Necrocraft’s are thousands of smaller ships that surround the Dark Aster.
  13. In the production art that we were shown we saw a picture of Ronan bowing to Thanos.
  14. Drax will only wear trousers in the film and he’s also a knife man.
  15. Gamora is the last of her race after her planet was destroyed.
  16. The Nova Corps are run by Glenn Close (Nova Commander Rael) and she’s the most powerful woman in the galaxy.  John C. Reilly (Rhomann Dey) works for her.
  17. We might see a member of the Kree in the prison sequence.
  18. Rocket builds a big weapon that Peter Quill uses in the 3rd act of the movie.  It’s like an atomic bomb that works in a small confined area.  I believe it’s called a Hadronic Forcer. The bomb is small enough to be stored in a backpack.
  19. The production built a huge gambling table that is 21 feet long for a scene.  It’s like a miniature Greyhound track with roulette.  In this version of gambling you’re betting on the animals and the table has steam and flame effects.
  20. Zoe Saldana said that she wanted her character to be pretty, which is something she normally doesn’t care about when doing a role.
  21. It took almost 10 camera tests to find the right color for Gamora.
  22. Drax’s motivation in the film is to avenge the death of his wife and daughter.
  23. A lot of the comic relief in the film has to do with Drax.
  24. Nebula is the daughter of Thanos.  Her character is on a holy mission to get rid of the weak characters of the universe.
  25. Gillan said she read Infinity Gauntlet before getting the role.
  26. Groot can grow and use his limbs.  He’s very powerful in the movie.
  27. Rocket and Groot have a background before the movie starts and Rocket treats Groot like a slave.
  28. Nebula and Gamora share a (sister) relationship at the start of the film, but that Gamora becomes disenchanted with living in service to Thanos, and when she leaves, it sets some of the film's primary events.
  29. Knowhere is, as described by executive producer Jeremy Latcham, "the severed head of a celestial being. It's… become this mining town that's popped up around little bits of what you can mine." That includes brain matter and spinal tissue, and within the head, there is the equivalent of a Wild West frontier town.
  30. Sakaaran is the name of the soldiers Ronan brings in. They wear masks and you rarely get to see their faces (they’re disfigured underneath their helmets as they are missing their nose and mouth). One of the really interesting things about this race is they can grow their armor, helmets and even their ships. It’s all organic.

Be sure to read Collider's full rundown and interviews with 'Drax the Destroyer' Dave Bautista, 'Nebula' Karen Gillan, 'Gamora' Zoe Saldana, and director James Gunn. And You can read HitFix's chat with 'Star-Lord' Chris Pratt here. Expect new Guardians clips anyday now. What do you think?

 
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gilian, Djimon Hounsou with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film opens August 1, 2014
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Pasto - 7/8/2014, 11:38 AM
Sounds tight.
Pasto - 7/8/2014, 11:40 AM
So Gamora isn't the daughter of Thanos?
MsDarkPhoenix - 7/8/2014, 11:41 AM
Rocket and Groot have a background before the movie starts and Rocket treats Groot like a slave.

Poor Groot :(
yossarian - 7/8/2014, 11:42 AM
I can't wait for this.
sKeemAn - 7/8/2014, 11:42 AM
Yes Marvel I will go and see it.
sKeemAn - 7/8/2014, 11:44 AM
the easter eggs sound very intriguing
MsDarkPhoenix - 7/8/2014, 11:46 AM
Nobody else cares for Groot's slavery?? Ok....
MrCBM56 - 7/8/2014, 11:47 AM
"Rocket treats Groot like a slave."

....Really?
cipher - 7/8/2014, 11:47 AM
Cool shit.
MrCBM56 - 7/8/2014, 11:48 AM
[frick] that. Groot>Rocket



MsDarkPhoenix - 7/8/2014, 11:48 AM
@mrcbm That poor guy!!! :(
MrBlackjack - 7/8/2014, 11:48 AM
There is a fight sequence in the movie involving two characters that they'd practiced for over two months and days before they were set to shoot, James Gunn informed them it wasn't working and they had to redesign it. When they finally shot it they did it 22 times and it was the last take they got it right. The entire fight was done in one take.

Holy shit!
sKeemAn - 7/8/2014, 11:50 AM
MrCBM56 - 7/8/2014, 11:50 AM
@MsDarkPhoenix- Honestly, (And I may be taking it too seriously), I don't like that one bit.
MrCBM56 - 7/8/2014, 11:52 AM
While I appreciate the brute factor they've given Groot, I kinda feel they're shafting him; or at the very least not giving him his full potential.
MsDarkPhoenix - 7/8/2014, 11:54 AM
@mrcbm It could be kinda funny though... I guess we just have to wait and see :) I like Groot very much too, but I think Rocket is a cutiepie so I can't choose a side :P
MrCBM56 - 7/8/2014, 11:58 AM
@MsDarkPhoenix- Yeah, I just hope they don't have Rocket be a dick to him for no reason. They're suppose to be bestfriends.
Beaner8127 - 7/8/2014, 11:59 AM
I wonder who the Kree in prison is. I saw the IMAX preview and it was the prison sequence but I didn't see anything that looked like a Kree
McNyagano - 7/8/2014, 12:00 PM
That fight scene was probably the Gamora vs Nebula fight. Let's hope it doesn't change that much or the fate of Nebula.
Beaner8127 - 7/8/2014, 12:01 PM
@MrCBM56

There's a set photo of pre cgi Rocket watering a twig in a pot. My guess is Groot sacrifices himself to save Rocket and then Rocket treats him better after that
ATrueHero1987 - 7/8/2014, 12:04 PM
@pasto she is. The was a report on here awhile back saying she's Thanos daughter.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/8/2014, 12:05 PM
@mcnyagano I emailed you questions about a couple of plot points in GOTG. Did you get it?
SpoonWielder - 7/8/2014, 12:10 PM
@MrCBM56

This is the actual quote from the set visit.

“The dynamic in the movie is similar in some ways to the Abnett and Lanning relationship and different in some ways,” Gun revealed. “Groot is really the only friend that Rocket has, but Rocket bosses him - he treats him like his slave, he’s not always that nice to him. But I think that Groot has an innocence that none of the other characters really have. They’re very co-dependent I suppose.”
Marvel1997 - 7/8/2014, 12:11 PM
@McNya- How good was that fight scene?
TheBeard - 7/8/2014, 12:15 PM
23 days away
McNyagano - 7/8/2014, 12:16 PM
@ATrueHero1987

No and I won't be asnwering anything that involves plot points. I'm already in deep trouble with the snipers.

@Marvel1997

Best one on one fight scene in the film. It was actually my favourite.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/8/2014, 12:20 PM
@McNyagano Damn, Frank Castle must've gave you a call.lol j/k

I understand though.
MrCBM56 - 7/8/2014, 12:20 PM
@SpoonWielder- Actually sounds really interesting. I guess it depends on how it's handled. I just don't want Rocket being a dick for no apparent reason.
MrCBM56 - 7/8/2014, 12:21 PM
@Beaner8127- If that happens I'll like it a lot.
SpoonWielder - 7/8/2014, 12:27 PM
@MrCBM56

Yeah I read the set visit article over at Superherohype and then came here. The way DCMF puts it, it sounds like a horrible relationship. Not the impression I got at all.
MrSuperheromoviefan - 7/8/2014, 12:33 PM
Rocket sounds lot like Stark
Those are some pretty awesome info
SnapperCarr - 7/8/2014, 12:37 PM
That slave thing has me pretty mad. It kind of sucks that Groot is treated that way. Maybe Rocket will open up and be nicer to him.
SnapperCarr - 7/8/2014, 12:39 PM
And I do like how Gunn made Groot cute, but still ass-kicking, but it seems like he is no longer as smart as he was in the comics.
TheBrotherhood - 7/8/2014, 12:45 PM
Gunn's packed in more insane Easter eggs during this one sequence with the Collector than I think anyone will recognize the first time through, and there are some great characters who haven't even been teased yet in public.

Calling Adam Warlock, Quasar, Mantis and Bug. 1 of those 4 will be in that scene.

@ATrueHero1987 haha yeah I think from now on it's official that Frank Castle is the man behind the Marvel Snipers

MercSoul - 7/8/2014, 12:50 PM
7.- Some of the things the Collector has in his collection will “definitely” be involved in future Marvel movies. His collection looks like the cubes filled with monsters and creatures in Cabin in the Woods.



Adam Warlock...we saw this in thor...so i think that its him...and maybe cosmo
kinghulk - 7/8/2014, 12:52 PM
wow the dark aster is 3 miles long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O
KingNTheKong - 7/8/2014, 1:00 PM
S......Sa......Sak.......Sakaraan.....That can only mean....

kinghulk - 7/8/2014, 1:01 PM
theredddesthood- apparently thats only because they couldent use the badoon
KingNTheKong - 7/8/2014, 1:02 PM
@Pasto

Jon Campea of AMC Movie Talk said that Gamora is described by John C. Reilly's character (in the scene where they're arrested and he's describing each one) as "the daughter of the mad titan Thanos." He saw the 17 minute preview.
localsonlymills - 7/8/2014, 1:03 PM
Based on the minute preview, I don't think the Rocket/Groot relationship will be as bad as the description sounds. Rocket definitely bosses him around a bit...but that's how he talked to just about every person he came in contact with. He's a bit of a dick to everyone, he's not just singling out Groot
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